Correlation Constants of Fields and Matroids

Algebraic and Tropical Geometry
Event time: 
Thursday, November 14, 2019 - 4:15pm
LOM 214
Benjamin Schroeter
Speaker affiliation: 
State University of New York at Binghamton
Event description: 

Given a finite connected graph and two of its edges, e and f. Choose a spanning tree T uniformly at random. It follows from work of Kirchhoff on electrical networks that the events e in T and f in T are negatively correlated. A combinatorial generalization of graphs and vector spaces is matroids. I will discuss an analog of the above situation for general matroids, thus introducing, as a measure of the correlation in a matroid, its correlation constant. We use Hodge theory to bound these constants and we give explicit constructions of realizable matroids with positively correlated elements. This is joint work with June Huh and Botong Wang.